2022-11-24 15:21:47

USA manager high in praise of Southgate and predicts ‘difficult game’ against England

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By News Desk

United States boss Gregg Berhalter has praised the “great job” Gareth Southgate has done with England aheadof Fridays World Cup clash.

An impressive 6-2 victory against Iran in Mondays Group B opener means Southgates men will seal progress to the last 16 with a match to spare if they beat the US in Al Khor.

The States head into Fridays Al Bayt Stadium encounter looking to build on their 1-1 draw with Wales but Berhalter is wary of the threat posed by England, who he called a scary prospect in the build-up.

The US boss has praised Southgate for making the England shirt a cape rather than a straitjacket since taking over at a low ebb in 2016, before leading them to the World Cup semi-finals and last years Euros final.

I think when he first took over it was very similar to the position that I first took over, said Berhalter, who was appointed in late 2018 as the US rebuilt after failing to reach that years World Cup.

Trying to reshape the identity of the team, refocus, working with a younger group of players, so in that case very similar.

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